Sprint, Verizon to pay total of $158 million in ‘cramming’ settlements

A Sprint store in Springfield, Mo. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Sprint will pay $68 million in ‘cramming’ settlements, $188,000 of which going to the state of Missouri. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Sprint and Verizon have joined fellow wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile US in settling charges that they billed customers for services, like horoscopes or dating tips, that the customers had not ordered.

The practice, called cramming, involves other companies deceitfully pushing unauthorized chargers onto customers’ wireless bills.

Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint will pay $68 million to settle its case. Verizon will pay $90 million.

Missouri will get about $188,000 from Sprint and a little more than $250,000 from Verizon.

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